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PostMon Apr 07, 2014 3:22 pm

Eventually WB will be more expanded and organized where our topics won't be combined and difficult to find. For now we'll put those topics here in the teamhouse under this stickied heading.
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The War on Raw Milk
Nelson Hultberg

Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers have recently introduced legislation to allow for the sale of raw milk, i.e., unpasteurized milk. Their Milk Freedom Act of 2014 would make it legal for "certified dairy farmers" to sell unpasteurized milk products without harassment and criminal prosecution on the part of the FDA. If enacted, this would be a major victory for those who are health conscious and understand the grievous misperception by our medical establishment regarding the safety of raw milk.

The distribution of raw milk has been banned in the U.S. since inception of the pasteurization laws in the 1920s. The American Medical Association together with the FDA brought about this ban of raw milk because of its susceptibility to being a carrier for certain infectious microbes such as salmonella.

The error here is that it was never "raw milk" that was a problem. It was "warm raw milk" produced in crowded, unsanitary conditions from grain-fed cows instead of grass-fed that was prone to an unhealthy level of microbes. Grass-fed cows produce a milk with natural "inhibins," anti-microbial agents that keep pathogens low, while grain-fed cows do not produce high "inhibin" levels in their milk.

Therefore if milk is produced in clean, uncrowded conditions from grass-fed cows, and kept cold, it remains as safe as any other food. The farmers of America produced milk under these conditions for their own consumption throughout the nineteenth century. They stored the milk from their grass-fed cows in metal cans immersed in cold water in shaded "milk houses" to keep it cool. It was relatively clean and safe and did not lead to outbreaks of disease.

It was when our economy became urbanized and industrialized after the turn of the century that milk became a problem. This was because it was now produced in large, crowded, unsanitary, dairy farms and transported into city areas for sale in warm trucks.


So there was a need for legislation to prohibit the sale and distribution of "raw" milk products between 1920 and 1960. But by the mid-1960s, the transport industry had developed refrigerated trucks to keep milk cold while in transit. Dairy farms now had refrigerated storage vats that were superior to the traditional "milk houses" of private farmers giving the milk up to 14 days before souring. The need for grass-fed cows in spatial pastures instead of grain-fed cows in crowded quarters was now understood. Cleanliness of conditions was mandated and prevalent. When the milk was delivered to retail stores, it was now placed in refrigerators for sale. Consequently pathogens did not build up in the milk from the time it left the cow to when the consumer drank it. Thus it was no longer necessary to prohibit the sale of raw milk.

Unfortunately the FDA and the consumer protection bureaucracies of Washington had grown to monstrous size by then; and they were not about to relinquish the power they wielded over dairy farmers, transporters, and retailers. They remained oblivious to the real issue involved: Raw milk is not dangerous as long as it comes from clean, disease-free, grass-fed cows and is properly refrigerated throughout the production and sale process. This creates what is termed today "certified raw milk," i.e., safe milk.

So the legislation being introduced by Congressman Massie and his colleagues is great news to those of us in the freedom movement who are aware of the spectacular health properties of raw milk and its superiority over pasteurized milk. We see the problem from a much different perspective than the medical establishment and its henchmen at the FDA. We understand that degenerative diseases (such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, etc.) are, to a large degree, brought about because of our modern corrupted diet with its low nutrient value. Raw milk is the summum bonum of nutrition and it can help man achieve a far superior level of health to what he presently experiences.

But in order to bring about this improvement of mankind's health, the ignorance that prevails in today's medical establishment must be overcome. Our medical doctors and scientists are certainly very smart people. But they are ignorant of the truth.

As comparison consider our former Fed chief, Ben Bernanke. He is a brilliant intellect. But unfortunately he is ignorant of the truth in the field of economics. He doesn't grasp the immense fallacies in the Keynesian paradigm he has espoused throughout his career. As a consequence our country suffers greatly.

This is the intellectual history of man. Brilliance in our intellectual class does not guarantee possession of the truth. The sages of every era are so often wracked with ignorance of the truth that one wonders how did we ever climb from the cave and produce a free civilization. The priests of the Middle Ages, the political thinkers of monarchical Europe, the bloodletters of the nineteenth century were all brilliant minds, but "ignorant of the truth." Our era today is equally wracked with brilliant economists, political philosophers, and medical scientists who are ignorant of the truth.

Why Raw Milk Is Superior

The reason why raw milk is so superior lies in what happens to the protein molecule when it is cooked, i.e., pasteurized in the case of milk. The famous scientist, Dr. Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., showed the danger of cooking protein in his experiments in the 1930s. Over a ten year period between 1932 and 1942, he and his colleagues conducted clinical studies on over 600 cats. [1] The cats remained in excellent health on a diet of raw protein alone. All the feeding was supervised by Pottenger's medical group, and all experiments were carefully controlled. The results, writes a contemporary, Dr. Henry G. Bieler, "proved beyond question the unhealthy nature of cooked animal protein....No cats in the entire experiment - often siblings of the same litter - developed disease as long as they remained on a raw protein diet. In fact, they lived to a ripe old age." [2]

But those cats fed on cooked protein all contracted diseases commonly seen in man: arthritis, heart trouble, cancer, liver and kidney degeneration, lung diseases, meningitis, osteoporosis, immune system collapse, pyorrhea, loss of teeth and hair, gastritis, nearsightedness, degenerative processes of the brain, extreme irritability, pneumonia, lack of sexual interest, sterility, infertility, ovarian atrophy, physiological exhaustion, skin disorders, allergies of all kinds, and hypothyroidism, etc. [3]

Dr. Pottenger's nutritional / pathological findings were supervised in consultation with Alvin G. Foord, M.D., professor of pathology at the University of Southern California and pathologist at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. [4] Their work met the most rigorous scientific standards of the day. Their results are so convincingly obvious that there is no room for doubt of their accuracy. The fact that the world chooses to ignore the Pottenger-Foord findings is attributable to humanity's desire to flee from reality and avoid facing the tough truths of life.

Man has been on this planet for approximately 5 million years. But he discovered fire only about 400,000 years ago. So the bulk of his evolutionary development (4.6 million years) took place on raw protein. This is why he needs it. Milk is a perfect source for it. The fact that our government prohibits us from purchasing raw milk is inexcusable.

Detractors to the Pottenger-Bieler thesis on raw protein and its connection to health claim that cats are not humans, and that it is wrong to extrapolate from one to the other. But their claim is in error, for it ignores the fundamental premise that certain natural laws of existence are applicable to all forms of life. For instance, the law of gravity affects cats and humans equally. And the same goes for certain physiological laws such as the necessity of raw protein for long term, disease-free health among mammals. Both cats and humans are mammals.

Cooking protein alters it molecularly. The protein molecules are changed from the "hydrophile colloid" form to the "hydrophobe colloid" form. According to Bieler, they then cannot fulfill protein's role adequately, which is to produce growth, rebuild tissue, and restore the body's integrity every 24 hours from the wear and tear of stressful life. [5]

The Safety of Raw Milk

How does raw milk compare safety-wise to other foods we eat? In a study between 1971 and 1982, figures from the California Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta show that there were 3.6 million cases of illness from salmonella in the state of California. The sources of the infections were: meat - 468,000; poultry - 612,000; restaurants - 1,486,000; human to human - 360,000; certified raw milk - 103. [6]

Raw milk consumers represent only 3 percent of the population, so its 103 figure has to be multiplied by a factor of 33.3 to make it statistically meaningful. When this is done, the illnesses from raw certified milk are 3,430 as compared to 468,000 from meat and 612,000 from poultry.

The FDA estimates that in the ten year period between 1996 and 2005, fresh produce was responsible for over 8,000 E. coli infections in the U.S, and eggs were responsible for over 6,500 infections. The FDA also cites several outbreaks of E. coli traceable to raw milk over a five year period that produced less than 50 infections. [7] To make these figures statistically comparable, we need to multiply raw milk's five year figure by 2 and also by 33.3. The total for raw milk becomes 3,330. Certified raw milk is, thus, safer than the fresh produce and eggs that we eat every day. There is no need to prohibit its sale.

Life is filled with various degrees of risk that free men and women are willing to take. We don't stop eating produce and eggs because occasionally illness results. We don't stop flying in airplanes because crashes occur. Things must be kept in perspective, which is not something that government wants to do.

It is quite exasperating to be aware of all this and try to convey it to the public. The demonizing of raw milk by the FDA and the medical establishment overpower even strong, independent people who have no problem challenging establishment fallacies in the fields of economics and politics. But when health and medicine are involved, they suspend their power of judgment and obediently agree to whatever their doctor says no matter how much in conflict it is with reason and science. They think of doctors as some kind of gods, when they're nothing but smart humans just as capable of being corrupted by a false paradigm as our economists and political philosophers. Today's doctors are "ignorant of the truth," but sadly their patients continue to obey them with an undeserved reverence for irrational prescriptive advice regarding the consumption of raw milk.

The Tough Truth

The scientific work of Francis M. Pottenger, M.D. and Alvin G. Foord, M.D. can be found in their book, Pottenger's Cats: A Study in Nutrition. The work of Henry G. Bieler, M.D. on health and nutritional issues can be found in his book, Food Is Your Best Medicine. In addition, Dr. Ron Schmid's magisterial work, The Untold Story of Milk: The History, Politics and Science of Nature's Perfect Food, brilliantly sums up the the case for raw milk. All three of these books are in print at Amazon. For more information on this controversial issue, hundreds of questions are answered at: http://www.realmilk.com.

The experiments of Pottenger, Foord, and Bieler are irrefutable. They demonstrate to any objective person that cooked protein will not maintain a healthy or long-lived existence. The fact that such a monumental truth is not common knowledge today in medical schools is a testament to the ignorance and dogma that control so much of the scientific endeavors of man. Only when our medical / nutritional experts begin to apply this truth to the human diet will we start to achieve the true level of health that is our birthright.


Notes

1. Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., M.D., Pottenger's Cats: A Study in Nutrition (La Mesa, CA:
Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, 1983), p. 1 and p. 6.
2. Henry G. Bieler, M.D., Food Is Your Best Medicine (New York: Random House, 1965),
p.191.
3. Pottenger, op.cit., pp. 10-11, 22, 31-32, 40-41.
4. Pottenger, Ibid., p. 2.
5. Bieler, op.cit., p. 191.
6. California Department of Health, Werner, Humphrey, Chin; and the Center for Disease
Control, Atlanta, GA, from a study done by Alta-Dena Dairy, Los Angeles, CA, 1983.
7. Rebuttal to the FDA's article: "Raw Milk Misconceptions and the Danger of Raw
Milk Consumption," http://www.realmilk.com.


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Nelson Hultberg is a freelance writer in Dallas, Texas and the Director of Americans for a Free Republic http://www.afr.org. His articles have appeared over the past 20 years in such publications as The Dallas Morning News, American Conservative, Insight, Liberty, The Freeman, and The Social Critic, as well as on numerous Internet sites such as Capitol Hill Outsider, Conservative Action Alerts, Daily Paul, Canada Free Press, and The Daily Bell. He is the author of The Golden Mean: Libertarian Politics, Conservative Values. Email him at: hultberg@afr.org
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PostSat Oct 07, 2017 12:59 am

Good article, and I might add that harvesting dairy is an ancient Aryan trait. We were the first to understand and utilize dairy products, which actually has both a practical physical aspect, as well as a more esoteric spiritual aspect (the life-giving substance of Audhumla, or Kamadhenu, the cosmic cow which symbolizes the galaxy and thus the swastika, hence the Milky Way... but that is all a long story). The ancient Aryan was the first to perfect the art of fermentation as well, and did a lot with fermented dairy products. We as a race always cherished raw milk throughout the millennia, and this fact even shows in our genetics, as Aryans have a high tolerance for dairy products, while lactose-intolerance is mainly experienced by members of other races. Too bad for them! The capabilities of raw milk in supporting the immune system, especially when fermented is outstanding.

There is now a product loosely termed 'Immune-Milk' which is proving to be a sort of super-medicine, though it is under fire (not surprisingly) by the Medical Industry. Immune-Milk has been proven to cure such things as Lymes disease, certain cancers, herpes, and many other diseases. It is made by injecting the disease-to-be-treated into a pregnant cow's udder during the last 3 months of her term. The cow's immune system then naturally creates an immunization for the alien disease via the lactoferrin, and when the milk is then harvested from the cow it contains the immunization for said disease which can then be consumed by the patient. Just something interesting I recently came across.
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PostSat Oct 07, 2017 9:35 am

"Fermented" milk, as in yogurt and kefir, is actually recommended by doctors to people with GI diseases such a c diff, and also helps prevents yeast infection of all kinds. Both of those are the result of an undergrowth of beneficial bacteria, allowing yeast, fungus, and other pathogens to proliferate.

The high dollar "probiotic" pills sold are nothing more than the active cultures found in yogurt and kefir packaged in an expensive capsule.
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PostSun Oct 08, 2017 1:19 pm

One group of my cousins grew up on a forty acre upstate New York farm.
Galway in Saratoga County.
Raw milk, fresh eggs and poor as hell.
I have drunk (or is it "drank?") plenty of that raw milk myself as we'd visit just about every weekend until I was about 9 or 10 and we moved away from the upstate area.

I have been in 'survivalist' mode ever since Y2K and before you think, "What an idiot! That was a big nothing burger!"
That it was BUT "who knew" in 1999?
I worked at Bell Atlantic and THEY were preparing big time!
I couldn't tell you "how many" back-up batteries we replaced in CSC's (community service cabinets), CEV's (controlled environmental vault), Lightspan cabinets and "stand alones" in large corporate buildings.
In front of the Rockaway C.O. (central office) were two 550 gallon diesel fuel tanks and a generator the size of an old VW micro mini bus (1960's hippie van) "just in case" the power grid went down.
If Bell Atlantic is doing all this, "what should I be doing?"
I stocked up on canned goods, MRE's, dried milk, water, water purification tablets, toilet paper, spackle pail toilet w/ enzyme packets, paper towels, baby wipes for bathing, 40 gallons of gasoline treated w/Stabil, 5KW portable generator, thousands of rounds of ammo, walkie talkies, kero heater and kerosene and planned to hunker down in place until whatever happened was straightened out.
Nothing happened but I have tried to stay "somewhat" prepared ever since - the last thing I want is to be housed (especially while living in NJ) in a National Guard Armory with the rest of the flotsam.
It's not diversity, it's displacement.
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PostSun Oct 08, 2017 4:37 pm

You were fortunate to have had such access to a farm when you were younger PhuBai, not enough people who have that kind of exposure these days. And it doesn't matter that you got into survivalism over the Y2K thing, what matters is that you got into survivalism. Period!

I would like to make some suggestions to you and others based on my own thoughts and experiences though. I see that many survivalists choose to take the path of stockpiling resources in their homes when SHTF. But I see a flaw in this. Unless you are living communally with Aryan brothers and sisters who are capable and you can trust with your life, to remain in your home and try to 'wade things out' could actually leave you a sitting duck, especially in urbanized areas such as New Jersey. It is likely that military will be clearing houses in those times, door to door. Road blocks will be set up in a quarantine fashion. Unless you live in a log cabin in the middle of the wilderness, it may not be wise to hunker down.

The way I see it, it would be most strategic to make yourself as completely mobile as possible; to retreat into the wilderness; to pack light, carrying only essentials; and to learn bushcraft and the art of the wild in order to survive in that kind of dynamic. That way if you have to flee from your base, you won't be stranded without a plan, leaving all your stockpile and 'survival' behind. It is important to know how to survive off the land with bare minimals, and I suggest everyone become acquainted with such skills. Go out into the woods for the weekend with only a backpack. Learn how to build a proper shelter, and start a fire without matches or lighters. Study wild edibles and medicinals (Pine is a universal medicine and can be used easily even in a rushed situation. New England is also loaded with edibles such as wild cucumbers, Solomon's seal, chicken of the wood mushrooms, etc.). Learn how to cover your tracks and any signs of having been somewhere, especially where your camp and campfire is concerned. Smoke can be spotted from miles away. A good way to have fire that is almost smokeless is to utilize a jet-stove, which can be easily made and are transportable.

Once you get the hang of wilderness survival it is easy, and actually preferable living (in my opinion anyways) versus living in a house/neighborhood. It shows you what you're made of, builds character and confidence, and strengthens you in many ways. And strategically, as I said, you and your family will be all the better for it when SHTF. I see people stockpiling guns and ammo to hunker down in their single family home to protect their wife and children, but what sense does this really make? Can one man really hold off the military and their reinforcements, and hold down all sides of the fort by himself? As I said, this may have a bit of a chance in a communal situation where everyone is trained, is assigned a post and has preferably run a few fire-drills beforehand, but for the average single family - they will be sitting ducks with a whole heap of treasure for the military or neighborhood raiders to come loot.

Guerilla tactics will be very necessary, and wilderness survival is the backbone keeping one agile and flexible to any situation. So my suggestion to all of you, my kin and kith, is to exercise these skills in any free time you have. Practice primitive fire-lighting, shelter building, etc right in your backyard, just to do it. Then actually put it into a real situation over the weekend on a camping trip. Start small if you have to, but just do it. Go hiking in the woods, and while you're out collect tree saps to make salves at home; collect wintergreen berries and wild-edibles, and definitely do this with the kids! They love hunting for edibles in the woods, and they are great at it. Best to train them early and they can be assigned to that task when SHTF. Make it a family affair (the wife might be slow to get into it lol, but the kids usually love it).

Also I think it's important to have topographical maps of the state you live in as well as neighboring states. These are key. There is more to consider, but much can be learned these days on the internet, ultimately though it comes down to putting it into practice and gaining experience points, or else all your studying is worthless. You can read up on how to build a shelter a thousand times, but when the time comes to do it you'll quickly realize it all comes down to experience.

Food for thought. Stay safe everyone.
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PostSun Oct 08, 2017 4:54 pm

One more thing I wanted to add to the above post, for anyone who would like to know a good place to start. Here is a link to a youtube channel which I find to be one of the best on this topic, this guy is great. I consider myself pretty seasoned in this area, but he has taught me so much, even as far as adaptation and advancements on techniques I already knew. It is easy to find yourself in a video binge on his materials. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/user/wildernessoutfitters
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PostMon Oct 09, 2017 12:46 pm

The ol' "bugging out" wouldn't work where I was living at that point in time.
Traffic out of Jersey on a holiday weekend is bumper to bumper, "IF" the grid had gone down the last place I'd want to be is caught up in a huge traffic jam with my family on any of the roads out of that state.
I had my son backing me up so best to stay in place, we were well supplied.
I'd be more concerned of the yuppies in the neighborhood wanting our "help" than Negroes from Paterson, Newark or Irvington coming looting.
I figured we were good for a few months or more BUT Y2K didn't happen.
Still "somewhat" prepared - canned goods, water filtration, MRE's, dehydrated meals, 10KW propane fueled partial home generator, 1000 gallon propane tank, a firearm or two (wink*) and a couple rounds of ammo "just in case" poop ever turns stinky.
I still have the Y2K gasoline generator which I run a couple times a year plugging an electric heater into each phase just to keep it reliable.
Not much to worry about where I am other than maybe white meth or pill heads.
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